KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran today drew attention to regulations to prevent workplace discrimination against individuals with HIV / AIDS.
Despite the decline in HIV-related deaths and improvements in treatment and quality of life, employees affected by the virus were discriminated against when looking for work or work.
"It is very important to launch plans to alleviate these problems at the workplace, so discrimination will be eliminated," the Asean Business Coalition told reporters at a meeting organized by HIV-AIDS.
He said that employers do not require HIV screening for potential workers.
”The employer is only a problem when the worker puts to work to know the employee's HIV status.“
He added that his ministry is discussing the implementation of regulations or laws that prohibit discrimination against virus workers.
These laws exist in other countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
At the event today, Petronas, along with six other companies, has been awarded the Asean Red Ribbon Award for their efforts to prevent and control discrimination against HIV / AIDS workers.
The aim of the award is to encourage greater involvement of Asean member states' employers in the control and prevention of HIV / AIDS and to overcome the discrimination faced by the affected individuals.